Summary

Hand made marionette depicting a stereotypical African male native character. It was manufactured and operated in Melbourne by Alex and Murray Smith, who performed as part of Le Forgeron Marionettes from 1930 until 1956.

Physical Description

Marionette depicting a male African Native, which is covered in black fabric, which has many holes in it (torso, arms and legs). He wears a "grass skirt" which is made of two layers of fringe, one in gold and the other in tan.This marionette has paper cuffs, collar, as if he was wearing a tux and has white fabric attached around his ankle and the top of his feet. He carries a gold staff in his right hand. His hands and feet are painted black with brown and red detailing. The felt on his soles has a few small holes in it. His face is slightly worn, but overall is in excellent condition - no chips and not cracked. He retains most of his hair, although it is starting to disintegrate. His plastic eyes are clear with black pupils. This marionette has a three piece mechanism. There are operating strings attached to numerous parts of him, including his head, limbs and shoulders. The feet have been weighted.

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